& Mineral Guide
Vitamins or Synthetic?
often ask if natural vitamins work better than synthetic ingredients.
The answer is yes and no.
vitamins are produced in laboratories. Natural vitamins are derived
from food sources. Under controlled conditions synthetic vitamins
work just like the natural ingredients, but we don't live
in a perfect world.
studies have shown that synthetic vitamin
E will actually block natural vitamin E activity at the
cellular level. Some synthetic B group vitamins, such as beta
carotene, are adversely affected by synthetic food dyes.
These dyes are a common ingredient in 'one-a day' vitamin preparations.
Yellow dye also decreases vitamin
derived from natural sources contain nutrients that are not available
from synthetics. Dunaliella salina algae is not only an effective
form of the B vitamin, beta carotene, but also includes the cancer
fighters alpha carotene, cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, lutein and
Synthetic vitamins replicate
only one of perhaps dozens of beneficial nutrients. It's somewhat
like imitating one ingredient that is contained in an apple. You
miss all of the related nutrients that work synergistically. Some
vitamins only work well as part of a team leave out any
of the players and the whole group becomes ineffective. Our bodies
need a broad base of natural supplements for optimum health.
look for the cheapest way to produce their products. Synthetics
and chemicals are less expensive, are much easier to process and
have a longer shelf life than natural vitamins.
vitamin supplements really necessary?
You've probably heard the comment, maybe even from your doctor,
“Vitamins will just give you expensive urine." The
latest scientific research proves otherwise. Natural vitamin formulas,
herbs and other natural remedies can cure you as well as or better
than many prescription drugs...without the negative side effects.
"We now have a substantial body of data showing that if everyone
took a few supplements every day, they could significantly lower
their risk of a multitude of serious diseases," said David
Heber, M.D., Ph.D., of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University
of California, Los Angeles.
get what I need from food."
We have been told for years that we can get all the vitamins and
minerals we need if we eat a balanced diet. Not by a long shot.
More than 90% of adults don't eat the recommended daily servings
of fruit and vegetables. And even if we try our best to eat more
vegetables, the ones we purchase at the grocery don't have the
vitamins and minerals that they had 40 or 50 years ago. In U.
S. Department of Agriculture studies of 50,000 persons performed
in the 1980's, not one person was getting the recommended daily
allowance (RDA) of the 10 essential vitamins. And in many cases
the RDA is insufficient for optimum health.
do I know what vitamins to take?
Good question. How can we be sure we are making the right choices
when choosing nutrition supplements. Advertisers spend millions
trying to convince us that their vitamins are the best on the
market. What can we believe and to whom can we go to for advice?
Can we go to our doctor? Most medical schools provide less than
3 hours education in nutrition.
the buyer beware
You need a magnifying glass to read the ingredients on the label.
In choosing nutritional supplements it is truly e caveat emptor—and
let the buyer beware. There is no regulation in the vitamin
industry and there are legions of unscrupulous vendors try to
get your hard earned money.
vitamins are hazardous to your health
Most people are not aware that many vitamins, including some of
the highly advertised name brands, are processed at high temperatures,
contain petroleum derived chemical solvents, such as ethyl cellulose
and are coated with methylene chloride, a carcinogenic material.
According to Dr. Zoltan P. Rona, M.D., “Although most healthy
people will have no obvious side effects from ingesting small
amounts of toxins found in cheap vitamins, the long term consequences
of continuous, daily intakes are potentially dangerous. Over 7%
of the population displays sensitivity to these chemicals.”
Dr. Rona says that allergic reactions include fatigue, memory
loss, depression and insomnia.
One A Day vitamin doesn't cut it
Research has been done on some of the national brand vitamins
including Centrum and Centrum Silver. To put
it plainly their formulas are cheap. Not just inexpensive...but
cheap. They have sub-optimal levels of antioxidants, which are
so important for fighting free radicals and building up your immune
system to fight off heart disease and cancer. But the problem
isn’t just the important missing ingredients. It is the
chemicals that shouldn't be there. Take Centrum Silver
as an example. Centrum’s ingredients are all synthetic
and include seven different chemicals, solvents or dyes.
should I look for for?
Number one is to choose a manufacturer you can trust. Many companies
are more interested in shelf life than human life. Stick with
the natural supplements and avoid the chemicals. A complete all
natural formula which includes all the antioxidants you need for
heart health, and no harmful chemicals, will run you about $1.30
to 1.50 per day depending on the ingredients. That's about the
price of a cup of coffee.
It should also be noted that many of the "natural" vitamins
are also produced under less than optimal conditions. The potency,
dosage - and sometimes even the ingredients - are often difficult
to determine from the label. Natural does not always mean a seal
of approval. Pick a brand that you can trust and stick with it.
The benefits will be well worth the costs in the long run!
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